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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

614 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 100
Gots: 95 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
John Barleycorn is memorialized in English folk tradition as the personification of the barley plant, sacrificed at harvest time and then reborn as beer or ale. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John’s Midwestern cousin, wheat. Beginning with a large portion of wheat malt, we add an equally generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops and age the ale on both French and American oak. The result is a big, warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, highlighted by subtle wine-like notes, and rounding slowly to a long, dry, oaky finish.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: bort11 on 10-30-2009)
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huricrane47

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has a flavor that i have never experienced before. It is almost like white grapes and papaya with tons of fruity bitter hops and sweet barley. The new Citra hops are really nice and the wheat helps to enhance the fruity flavor! The oak adds a very subtle dryness and can be tasted slightly during the sip. The color is a mix between gold, brown, and orange with a very thick white head. The head will actually come out of the glass without pouring over the sides. The beer smells like white grape juice and wheat mixed together. Beer as innovative as this is one of the reasons why i love drinking so much. I recommend stocking up on this beer and let it age! Incredible!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 23:22:07 | More by huricrane47
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle from batch #1. The cork was a chore to get out on this one.

Even with the gentlest of pours this beer produces 4 fingers of airy head that never wants to go away and leaves chunky lace all over the place. As if that's not impressive enough, the golden-copper body is luxurious looking in the tulip glass.

The first thing that comes to mind when I first stick my nose into the glass is fruit salad. The wheat, hops, oak, and alcohol combine to give a sweet impression of tropical fruit, grape skins, green apple, coconut, and cherries. No single element really stands out on its own but they come together in a beautiful way.

The taste follows the same motif but hop bitterness deftly balances out the sweetness and the finish yields a dry oaky character. Alcohol is definitely noticeable but it's not completely overwhelmingly.

I expected a lot of carbonation in this one after seeing the enormous head, but it's really about perfect letting the subtleties of this beer shine.

This is my first foray into this style but I'm impressed. It's complex, rich, but not overly heavy. My only complaint is that the alcohol is a bit too noticeable even for a 9% ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 18:43:01 | More by bump8628
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was not all that impressed with the only other Wheatwine I've ever had (Bare Tree 2009) so I'll see if there are better examples of the style out there.

Pours a hazy golden orange color. Immediately I notice the foam is growing too fast, and it's not stopping. The beer to head ratio is about 1:4, and the retention on this stuff is amazing. Leaves tons of lacing all down the glass. Nice carbonation only aids the problem. Wait, did I just call it a problem, because it's a good problem to have.

The nose is right where it should be, big wheat and yeast notes. It's like a Hefeweizen on steroids, and then some. It's actually very fruity and light on the nose. I don't mean the characters are light and muted, I mean that it has a light, bubbly, feathery feeling to it...if that makes sense.

The taste is spot on also. Big wheat and yeast, spicy and fruity. This one is pretty complex. Along with the spicyness comes a warming presence of alcohol, but not as intrusive as you would think. Pretty good stuff.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, probably more medium. A feathery carbonation adds to a smooth and creamy feel. Drinkability is good. This is a sipper that could easily be chugged. Personally, I'd rather sit back and enjoy it for what it is though.

Ah, now this is what I was looking for in a Wheatwine. So much more flavor and complexity than the last disaster of the style that I tried. Honestly, I don't see this one getting much better over time, so I say drink them now.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 01:55:13 | More by Mistofminn
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THORN

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML poured into goblet as suggested by label. Poured 45-55 degrees F.
A: Hazel brown and light around the edges. Inch of beautiful dirty cream colored head. Head is retained with pockmarks. Fine CO2 bubbles releasing form bottom of goblet.
S: Fruit and citrus filled hops, very sweet malts, and a hint of melon.
T: Bitter to start followed by really sweet toasted malts. Hops are really fruity and full of citrus. Malts continue to linger complimenting bitter hops to finish.
M: High carbonation complements strong body.
D: High alcohol % is covered well. Flavor is intense, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 05:57:06 | More by THORN
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SpecialK088

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle

A-nice hazy off copper with a big foamy head that lingers for a very long time very good looking beer.

S-very very fragrant notes of hops and rich spices most noteable clove also some sweet bannana with an undertone of alcohol and hops

T-much like the nose very spicy and flavorful the clove and hops blend together very well to make a very complex and rich flavor sweet spicy and earthy this one covers all the bases and doesn't come off offensive

M-body for the complexity is pretty thin but not watery burns going down from the spices and alcohol this us for sure one I would like to have when the mood strikes not often I find a beer that is this spicy that I enjoy so much

D-not something I would drink alot of or alot of the time but a beer like this is one I tend to want when the mood strikes and nothing else will do! A nice steak dinner with this would be amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 03:28:28 | More by SpecialK088
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naterock

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass. Huge white frothy head, golden cloudy color. really quite attractive almost like a Duvel.

smells of a typical wheat but with the volume kicked up a few knotches. huge clove and coriander scent, with a big yeast smell. really quite attractive but fairly similar to an imperial witbier.

Flavor is huge with a spicy front and a moderate hop bitterness. great flavor from the Hallertauer hops and a citrusy note. Really a great experience for my first barleywine.

Body is highly carbonated but really supports the bittereness and overall flavor of the beer. Medium body and really does well to hide the 9.1 ABV. Truly good!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 03:05:45 | More by naterock
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mdcrouser

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Off with the cage, off with the cork, that's a lot of head, I might need a fork.

Seriously - after the pour, there were three or more inches of solid head, never dying completely. This is stout-like head - thick and creamy. Underneath lies a beautifully orange-gold beer, with carbonation bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Like an acidic orange juice, this is big citrus for a beer, but without the usual bomb of hops associated with such a smell. There's also something earthy in the background, maybe the wheat malt nosing through.

The citrus again is what you notice first - it cracks your jaw open to let the flavors cycle, leaving the tongue pretty dry and bitter, roaming around the back of the mouth. Given what Boulevard has delivered of late, this is pretty close to what I expected - big with wheats and citrus. Harkens back to their Saison, though much bigger.

Akin to a barleywine, but not as heavy, it's soothing, warming, and the epitome of "big" - it just explodes once in the mouth for a few seconds. Great carbonation too.

Pretty tasty, and though not necessarily my favorite style - it's likely a pretty fair example of it. The whole package is a good way to close out the season.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 02:43:08 | More by mdcrouser
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turamarth

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Like most smokestack products, this beer has a very explosive head. Almost hard to pour explosive. However, I'm not complaining. The head this beer produces is big fluffy, rockey with giant bubbles. A very nice head that leaves some big globulus lacing. The body of this has a nice semi-cloudy amber color, much alike its barley based cousins.

Smell: Right off the bat is a bouquet of bananas. This I seem to find a lot with beers that have a large wheat base. Some nice subtle tropical fruit notes, that I assume come from the citra hops. A very pleasant and appealing sweet nose.

Taste: Again the banana like flavors from the wheat come forth. The hop presence in this is very interesting too. The hallertau adds a nice round, grounded hop profile to this wine. It has an earthy quality to it. Contrasting to the Citra hops that give it a nice bouquet of tropical fruits and citrus notes, cutting over the rest of every thing. After the hoppiness there is the nice winy roundness to the beer. Finished with a nice, sweet dryness.

Mouthfeel: Probably the ONLY weak point in this beer, and that isn't even really a weak point. The carbonation does add a slight burn to the tongue. And make the beer slightly more fluffy than it should be. A nice thickness for this style I think.

Drink: Taste alone make this wheat wine super drinkable. Though it does seem at taste to be slightly more boozy than it is. That could deter some for drinkability. But, this beer is damn fine!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:31:15 | More by turamarth
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served into a 2009 Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice

Pours a honeyed orange that reminds me of a Halls menthol-lyptus cough drop. You can see clearly the streams of bubbles from the nucleation but the beer isn't really transparent. The head, oh God the head, is enourmous. A gentle pour yielded foam that was initially larger than a full hand. It settles nicely into a two finger expanse that never quite dies from that point. The top is frothy and rock and generally consistent with sea foam. The lacing is understandably spectacular. Steven Pauwels and the Boulevard crew are masters at beer head, as evidenced by every single beer in the Smokestack Series. You will never see a beer of this style that looks better.

The massive quantities of wheat show up in the nose first off. Tangy, zippy smells balanced by the expected banana richness. What is entirely unexpected out of a wheatwine is the abundance of citrus aromas. In addition to the German hallartau hops that give this beer the leafy hop aromas that it has, Boulevard has chosen to use Sierra Nevada's own Citra hops. The mango-pineapple-grapefruit loveliness of those hops are an alluring and effective choice for this beer.

This is pretty fucking good. Its not simply a wheat bomb, there is plenty of malted barley flavor to go around. The malt background is so rich and is a strong background for the yeasty banana tastes and the hop attack. This beer is grounded in earthy, astringent hallaurtau which serves to highlight the bright, papaya, mango fruitsplosion of the citra hops. This is all so GOOD. The citra hops are so amazing in Harvest Dance! It actually reminds me of Ballast Point Sculpin in the aftertaste. The oak aging plays a key component here. There is a lightly smoky, meaty quality that actually accentuates the banana, amazing as that sounds. The oak barrels were specifically used previously to hold French chardonnay if I remember correctly. There is a light grape to the back end that feels brusque from the oaky smoke.

The mouthfeel is solid. There is a lot of carbonation, which makes it very easy for the beer to get foamy in the mouth the same way as Dr. Pepper does. There is a slight issue with the alcohol in this beer. Its tastes a little bit more boozy than the 9% that it is. Its never harsh, so you could say that I am nitpicking. As far as drinkability goes, I imagine that this is drinkable enough for the style. The bottle is disappearing quickly and the ABV is not unreasonable.

Boulevard have proven themselves time and again to be masters of wheat. They just know how to make it do great things. Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is no exception. Its insanely flavored yet very balanced. Easy to drink for the style but also very complex. This is fantastic. You really must obtain some, drink some and age some.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:03:13 | More by Reaper16
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bearcamp

Kansas

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is my only second wheat wine style beer. The other was 75th streets wheat wine! So when I poured this I thought it would be darker and sweeter. Appearance is brighter than I expected. Almost copper color, amberish. I can see a bit of suspended yeast and it is a bit cloudy. I absolutely love the smell. I can definitely pick out the citra hops, as I am a regular drinker of SN Torpedo which is the only other beer I know that has this new hop. The taste is very Belgium blond to me. I can pick up the sweet wheat malt all over. Not as sweet as I would like. I think this beer is overcarbed to my liking. I like the beer, but it is not one I'll pick up very often.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:51:17 | More by bearcamp
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was hard as hell to get the cork out of this bottle.

A- Autumn orange with huge white head that stays forever. Be patient.

S- Orange citrus, earthy wheat, citrusy hops. Almost has a saison like nature in some ways, like the yeast is playing a big part.

T&M- The soda like over-carbonation is distracting. Earthy, almost wild hop character, dry and grassy with a little bit of funk.

D- Tastes fine but the excessive carbonation takes away as you'll be belching frequently.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:46:41 | More by brownbeer
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grumpy

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, this beer is not at all what I expected. Between my previous experiences with the style and the nature of the reviews found here and elsewhere, I anticipated something quite different. That's not a knock on the beer, as I like it. It's also not a knock on other reviews. Somehow, this beer simply does not play out as I imagined.

Pours Orange Crush-orange into the snifter, producing quite the voluminous head of foam.

Hallertau hops come through loud and clear on the nose, along with a mix of fruity, herbal, spicy, and earthy aromas. There's also a lightly vinuous character.

The taste is Belgian all the way to my buds. Nothing like any Wheatwine I'm familiar with.
Like a big Saison, or a combination of Saison, Stronge Golden, and Tripel. The Hallertau hops are present, but the Citras are lost on me. But since the only time I've tasted Citra hops (to my knowledge) is the SN Torpedo, I may not be recognizing them. All the qualities noted in the aroma are reflected in the taste. I do not pick up on the tartness that others have noted, however. Dry, and perhaps slightly pungent, but I don't find this beer to be tart. Oak? Well, perhaps I need to revisit this beer (Need to? More like I want to...), but I'll admit that had I not known this was aged on oak, I might not have perceived it. On the other hand, maybe the trailing sweetness (vanillins?) and astringency are from the oak, and not from the malts/hops/yeast.

Mouthfeel is all over the place. The foam is creamy, the considerable carbonation is prickly, and the various ingredients produce a dry, chalky, and biting product.

Drinkability? I'll be back.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:15:28 | More by grumpy
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zeff80

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy/hazy golden orange color with a huge, four-finger, khaki, bubbly head of foam. It left behind soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast. There were some fruity notes, too.

T - This is a spicy brew with a tropical fruit tartness. It had some sweet wheat flavors with a touch of yeast kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a very good wheatwine. I is delicious and surprisingly easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 04:02:25 | More by zeff80
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bort11

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. This is from the very first batch. Poured into a proper Boulevard Smokestack chalice. I think this glass was made for this beer.

Head from the first pour is billowing and fluffy. It challenges the edge of the glass. It is slow enough to recede that it enhances the creaminess of the texture. There isn't really any lace on the glass, but the surface maintains a foamy cap. Color is a bright and hazy burnt orange. There are a few random flecks of yeast sediment.

Smell is dry and slightly yeasty. That's a nice and tart Belgian yeast. There is a mildly sweet, but mostly tart grape skin. Taste is also super dry. This has been aged on oak and resinous characters stands out here. It is hopped with some Citra, which is a new type of American hops. It has tightly blended fruit flavoring. I get a lot of grapes, but there is also some mango and papaya. The wheat and the yeast gives it soft tart tanginess in the finish.

Mouthfeel is so soft, it feels more delicate than it really is. Carbonation has a tight density. As stated, the retained head adds to the creamy smooth texture. Boulevard has another outstanding beer here. They do extreme beers, extremely balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:45:54 | More by bort11
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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.